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MRNY member Lulu Vasquez and her children advocate for a just rebuilding. (Photo: Heather Craig/Align)
 
MRNY has just released our report, "One Year of Sandy Response," which documents our work providing Sandy-impacted families with emergency aid and helping communities rebuild over the long term.

We thank the more than 2,000 individuals who continue to chip in from as as far away as Sweden and China and the two dozen institutional funders, local and national, for continuing their support and enabling MRNY's effective response efforts. Together we have:
 
* Helped more than 2,000 displaced families access relief aid and get back on their feet.

* Provided full legal services to 402 families to negotiate insurance claims, stop evictions, hold landlords accountable, and more.

* Trained and provided protective equipment for 750 Sandy cleanup and construction workers.

* Cleaned up mold in hundreds of homes and helped families access the healthcare they need to address severe respiratory ailments after exposure.
 
 

Our Sandy Stories - Fall 2013

MRNY is pushing back against skyrocketing rents and deteriorating housing conditions in Sandy affected areas, organizing as hard as we can to ensure that renters can afford to stay in their own communities.

We are helping low-income homeowners to negotiate with mortgage lenders, reclaim payments from unscrupulous contractors and get their fair share from insurance companies and government agencies.

And at the city level, we are also working to channel resources to eradicate mold from thousands Sandy-damaged homes. Read stories from our affected community members working together for change.

THIS CAMPAIGN IN THE PRESS:
CIVIL RIGHTS

Seated next to NYC's First Lady, MRNY member Esmeralda Valencia applauds Mayor de Blasio's ID cards announcement in the State of the City address.

Imagine not being able to do something as basic as pick up your child from school because you don't have government-issued identification. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who lack ID face daily barriers to basic programs and services that others take for granted, and many in marginalized communities live in fear of being stopped by police without ID.

Our work made the front page of the New York Times yesterday after Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to establish New York City IDs during his State of the City address.

A central civil rights issue for immigrant, youth, elderly, and homeless New Yorkers, having a City-issued ID card that is accepted by all municipal government agencies would give these groups the opportunity to engage in our city's civic and economic life -- like the ability to open a bank account, sign a rental lease, file a police report, enroll their children in school, or access healthcare.

For transgender New Yorkers like MRNY member Jessica Guaman, having a municipal ID card would mean no longer having to fear police harassment because of an ID that does not match her gender.

PUBLIC HEALTH + WORKPLACE JUSTICE

It's a new day for working class New Yorkers!

On January 17, Mayor de Blasio, City Council Speaker Mark-Viverito and members of the City Council announced an exciting new proposal to expand New York City's Paid Sick Days law, which MRNY and our partners helped to win last spring!

Under the original law, set to take effect this April, employers with 15 employees or more will be required to provide 5 paid sick days -- impacting one million workers. Mayor de Blasio's proposal would extend this requirement to businesses with 5 employees or more.

The new proposal also includes manufacturing workers (who were left out of the original law). Hundreds of thousands more New Yorkers will be able to take a paid day off to care for themselves or a sick family member. Read more...

SERVICES

County Executive Steve Bellone announces the new partnership.

We are excited to announce a partnership with the Departments of Social Services, Labor, and the Human Rights Commission to provide on-site County services at our Suffolk County office in Brentwood, Long Island!

Click here to read more and contact our offices about services offered.

 

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Video: Identificaciones para inmigrantes sin papeles
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